SPOTLIGHT July 2018: Jennifer Fox, Autobiographical Feminist Filmmaker, THE TALE

awfj spotlight black littleThere are many terms that one could apply to Jennifer Fox—courageous, determined, questioning—but the one she prefers is curious. Fox, whose breathtaking first feature, The Tale, dives into her own history of child sexual abuse, has let her curious nature lead her all over the world to find stories that illuminate both the particular and the universal. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT June 2018: Andrea Riseborough, Actress, Director, Producer, Outspoken Activist

awfj spotlight black littleAndrea Riseborough’s filmography exemplifies strong female characters and diversity on screen. Dedicated, accomplished and passionate as a feminist actor/producer, Riseborough now adds writing/directing to her arsenal, making her a quadruple protagonist for gender equality in a movie industry that still underrepresents and misrepresents women. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT May 2018: Jessica Thompson, Indie Filmmaker, THE LIGHT OF THE MOON

awfj spotlight black little When Jessica Thompson won the 2017’ SXSW Audience Award for her gritty debut drama The Light of the Moon, she wasn’t exactly expecting it. “I didn’t think it was funny enough,” she said of the film, a New York story that follows a woman as she grapples with the aftermath of a brutal rape. While the subject matter is dark, Thompson’s critically acclaimed film approaches it with subtlety and humor. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT November 2017: Dee Rees, Independently Epic Filmmaker, Director MUDBOUND

rees head with handWith just three narrative features to her credit, director Dee Rees has made an assured and unique mark on American cinema, bringing talent, skill and creative vision to her work. Releasing this month, Mudbound presents Rees’ intimately emotional style of filmmaking on an epic scale. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT September 2017: MaryAnn Johanson, FlickFilosopher.com Film Critic and Activist

maj glamPioneering film critic MaryAnn Johanson celebrates the twentieth anniversary of her popular FilckFilosopher.com website this month. We salute her for distinct, influential and prolific feminist film criticism in our fiercely competitive and male-dominated industry. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT August 2017: Kathryn Bigelow, Auteur, Oscar Winner, Director of DETROIT

bigelow head 2Although she’s said she prefers to be considered a ‘director’ rather than a ‘female director,’ Kathryn Bigelow consistently shatters the movie industry’s gender-based barriers. Her name is associated with a roster of ‘first and/or only woman to win…’ accomplishments. And, now, there’s Detroit. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT June 2017: Amber Tamblyn, Actress, Poet, Director of PAINT IT BLACK

amber tamblyn 1Amber Tamblyn has been in the spotlight since childhood, but has reached beyond her privileged circumstances to explore humanity and offer work that makes our journey through life richer, more authentic and serves as a primer for women to expand their own potential. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT April, 2017: Katell Quillévéré, Filmmaker, HEAL THE LIVING

katell head shot 2Katell Quillévéré’s unique vision offers films that delve with clear-eyed directness into the joys and complications of our connections with others. Quillévéré’s growing maturity as an artist promises more opportunities for audiences to reflect on their own lives in a meaningful way through her work. Read more…

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SPOTLIGHT February 2017: Amma Asante, Filmmaker, A UNITED KINGDOM — by Marilyn Ferdinand

amma headshotAmma Asante makes movies her own way, offering audiences exquisitely crafted films that broaden their knowledge and experience of the world. Her latest, A UNITED KINGDOM, presents gender and equality issues in the context of a true historical romance. Read on…

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